“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
I’ve heard the quote above before, but nobody REALLY knows where it came from. Some credit Albert Einstein and he’s a pretty smart guy from what I gather. This quote came to me most recently when I started to look over my last couple of weeks of training.
Week 7 was not a good week. It’s a shame, because there are flashes of everything coming together. I’m miles away from where I was just a few months ago. My stride is back. Even my speed is back. The issue is that I’m in pain. I could probably run through it, but is that how I want to live? Marathons are great and all, but so is chasing down my kids without grimacing due to pain from a strained quad. My surgically repaired Achilles is just fine, but I think it’s causing the rest of me a bit of trouble.
Monday – Planned 3 miles easy/Actual X-Training Only
This is consistent with Monday and Wednesday being optional run days, but this was the first Monday that I skipped. I had to quit early on Sunday’s run, so I figured that meant I should rest a day or so (or at least not run). My afternoon kettlebell workout was no rest though. It’s just not running. I’m LOVING these workouts. I’m more comfortable with the movements and have gotten stronger.
Tuesday – Planned 8 miles easy/Actual 8 miles easy
This run went pretty well, or at least I didn’t have anything bad to say about it. Truthfully, I don’t think any of my runs have been pain-free. It’s more a question of how tolerable they are. This one was pretty tolerable. My main problem has been with runs like this one. They make me think that everything is going to be fine if I just power through. Insanity.
Wednesday – Planned 4 miles easy/Actual 1 mile easy
I had planned to run 2, then kettlebell it up, then 2 more. Time was not on my side and neither was my right leg. It just didn’t feel right. After 1 mile on the manual treadmill, I didn’t want any more. I worked out like a beast on those kettlebells though. 🙂
Thursday – Planned 5 x Hill Repeats/Actual Nada
I was starting to get sick AND my leg hurt. I figured sleep was important, so I pushed them off until after work. Once that time came, I pushed them off again until the next day. Bleh.
Friday – Planned Rest/Actual 4 miles
I titled this one on Strava “trying to run the sick out”. I decided I was doing enough just to run at all, so I skipped the “hill repeat” part and just ran. My attempt to run the sick out was unsuccessful, as I am still sick while typing this recap. Insanity.
Saturday – Planned 8 miles at MP/Actual 6 miles at MP
I was STILL sick. My leg still hurt. I smartly compromised and cut a couple of miles off while still maintaining the marathon pace. It really went well! The Pegasus Turbos sure help. I can say nice things about them all day long and I like them so much that I wrote many kind words about them (read here, if you want to). My leg was a little uncomfortable at first, but it seemed to “warm up”. This run gave me hope, just like other runs have.
Sunday – Planned 16 miles/Actual 6 miles
The wheels finally fell off. I slept in to give myself the rest that I knew I needed. This meant that I’d have to run in the evening. The weather was a little muggy, but it was about 8-10 degrees cooler than what we’ve been dealing with. I can’t blame the weather. My leg was sore from the first step until the last one. I kept hoping that it would just warm up and feel better, but that never happened. I thought about toughing out the whole run. Long runs are the vital piece of marathon training, I told myself. The thought of 10 more miles of dragging my right leg with each step was a bit more than I could stand, not to mention I’m still sick. I wisely called it quits.
I’m resting today. I’m considering resting until I wake up pain free. I’ve already started to modify my training plans for best and worst cases. I do think I can still get trained up for a good marathon. I’m trying not to freak out. I used up all of my patience while rehabbing for 6 months. I don’t have any more. I don’t have a choice though. I can’t keep doing what I’ve been doing. That’s insanity.